Monday, June 17, 2013

Woman Quits Job at Dollar Store Over Fear of Contracting Scabies

Latonia Brown says she started working at a the Dollar General in West Florissant, Missouri last weekend, but quit a few hours later after she noticed a co-worker has "the scabies," a highly contagious skin disease caused by "infestation of the skin by the human itch mite." Say what?!!! Latonia quit and alerted the media. She told the local FOX affiliate “She said what do you think this is and I said that`s the scabies. You`re up in her interacting with the customers like its nothing and she stated to me that she believes she got it from a woman who came in and her hands were all messed up.” Scabies is transmitted through skin to skin contact. It's treated with creams and medications.

According to the CDC: "Human scabies is caused by an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite. The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. The most common symptoms of scabies are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash. The scabies mite usually is spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person who has scabies. Scabies occurs worldwide and affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies can spread rapidly under crowded conditions where close body contact is frequent. Institutions such as nursing homes, extended-care facilities, and prisons are often sites of scabies outbreaks."

source: KPLR

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